It has been one helluva ride and it is finally winding down. Blinds being installed, touch-ups in full swing, the kitchen…almost done and furniture being delivered. With any luck, Kevan will be moving in during the next couple of weeks. Woot, woot! So, let’s check in for a progress report. The kitchen. The old one was perfectly nice and Boffi, so quality was great too, but it was a boring Boffi. Instead of replacing the cabinets, Mr. Bean chose to reconfigure and re-face the existing ones with a lightly finished reclaimed oak.Handsome as hell, I’d say, and pulling the fridge around to the other side of the room opened up the whole apartment…huge bonus. Each area seems to relate to the other in a much more cohesive way. Back in the bedroom, the kind and very talented women at Own Entity chose a cork wall paper for behind the bed and some super cool lighting fixtures.Can’t wait to see how this all comes together with those moose antlers and Kevan’s art perfectly arranged and displayed. Finally, remember those closets on the way to the master bathroom?Well now, it’s a full on custom and manly dressing area with plenty of room for a Mrs. Bean should one of those happen to emerge one day. Pretty bad ass, I must say. The finish line is right around the corner. More Own Entity and design choices Kevan made with them in the next and last Bean Pad post. Stay tuned!
Life in New York City presents itself with many rites of passage. Sharing a shoebox apartment with too many people. Being sprayed by a puddle-chasing taxicab on a cold and rainy day. Getting mugged. But there is one that only a few choose to endure. To renovate an apartment. In this crazy town with our co-op and condo boards, managing agents and building inspectors, renovating can be a recipe for fueled-by-rage confrontations with everyone from contractors to ConEd dispatchers.
So our good friend, painter, commercial director, video game character and generally nifty guy,Kevan Bean, is about to jump into this sea of hungry sharks head first. He bought a sweet pad on Bowery a few months ago. The location is among the best, the views are ridiculous and it’s a good space…the only problem here is the vanilla quotient. While good quality, the kitchen is a little boring. The floors are developer specials. One closet is in a weird place and the ones in the master need help. So we’re going to embark on the good Mr. Bean’s journey with him. We’re going to follow along at key stages of what he hopes will be the “manning up” of his character-challenged home. Buckle your tool belts and let’s get going!
This is the oh-so-blah living room and soon-to-be-spruced-up and reconfigured kitchen.
A reverse shot of the living room with sick views looking west over Nolita and Soho. More on those in a different post.The closets are just big empty boxes in the weird hallway that leads to the master bath.Said master bath that is not getting completely re-done, but will be fired up a little with some glass and hardware switches.Next stop…demolition. Can’t wait for that one! We’re hoping next week. Stay tuned.